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AT&T, Nokia Tighten 5G Focus on O-RAN, Akraino

January 08, 2019 / Dan Meyer

AT&T is working with Nokia to produce a software platform to allow for the development of open source software aligned with the O-RAN target architecture. That platform code will accelerate the deployment of open source software for the 5G radio access network (RAN).The specific work is to develop a software platform for the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC). This would provide for a set of functions and interfaces that allow for easier integration through policy-driven closed loop automation and more flexible deployments and programmability within the RAN.The platform is being architected as an extensible real-time microservices framework tied to a radio information database and open control plane interfaces. These would be able to handle mobility management, spectrum management, load balancing, radio resource control, and RAN slicing. The open nature will also allow for multiple vendors and third parties to have access to the RAN architecture.